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Playboy Interview: Sean Hannity
  • June 19, 2013 : 07:06
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PLAYBOY: What about guns? The Newtown shootings inspired many to call for stricter measures to prevent similar tragedies.

HANNITY: I support commonsense measures. We use armed guards to protect our money, armed guards to protect our Hollywood stars, armed guards to protect our athletes, armed guards to protect presidents and elected officials. I never want to wake up and hear another school shooting has happened again. What would be wrong with putting retired policemen and retired military people in schools? You don’t even have to put them in uniform. They’d be on the front line of defense to protect our nation’s children. I support that.

PLAYBOY: We already have more guns per capita than any other country.

HANNITY: I urge you to read John Lott Jr.’s book More Guns, Less Crime. But with that said, I understand the argument. I understand that a lot of people may not want to have a gun. But I feel strongly that 99.999 percent of law-abiding citizens should not be punished for the actions of either lunatics or criminals who have not been properly punished for past crimes.

PLAYBOY: You have a license to carry a gun in New York state, right?

HANNITY: Absolutely. I own a lot of firearms. I collect firearms. I have been around them my entire life. I’m 51 years old. I started shooting probably at the age of 10 or 11. I was a marksman at 12, and I can’t urge safety enough. I could bring you to my house right now, tell you where my guns are, and you would not get them. You could spend the next month there and you would never be able to gain access to them. I handle the weapons I have properly, and I also have easy access to a weapon to protect myself.

PLAYBOY: But a lot of people don’t use guns properly. A dog in Florida recently shot its owner in the leg.

HANNITY: A lot of people are stupid with cars and get drunk and start driving. A lot of people get high and get in a car too. Every time you get in an airplane it’s dangerous. Life is dangerous. You know, I wrote a book,Deliver Us From Evil. In the past century, a hundred million people were slaughtered. There was Stalin, Hitler, the killing fields in Cambodia, Communism, Nazism, fascism, imperial Japan—and now it’s terrorism. There are a lot of evil people in the world. If you’re a rapist or a pedophile and you don’t give a damn about anybody but yourself, I don’t think any law is going to stop you from committing the evil atrocity that is in your heart. And I want law-abiding people to have the choice. You don’t have to have a weapon if you don’t want one, but those who do want one should have the right to have it. Our framers and our founders were very clear on the issue of the Second Amendment, and they weren’t talking about deer hunting.

PLAYBOY: Next issue. More than 30 academies of science across the world have concluded that global warming is caused by human activity, but you’ve cast doubt on climate change for years.

HANNITY: You want the short answer or the long? Either way, I think it’s a crock of shit. I don’t believe it’s true, and I think that people have been put in a state of panic. I think the environmental movement is rooted in a political agenda, which is that capitalism is evil, that people are raping and pillaging the planet for profit. And I think it is rooted in redistribution.

I find people like Al Gore are the biggest, phoniest hypocrites of all. If global warming and carbon emissions are so bad, how does Al Gore justify getting on a private jet like we caught him on? How does he justify making money selling Current TV to Al Jazeera? That’s all oil money, Al. I can respect a guy like Ed Begley Jr. riding around on his bike. I even offered to bail Daryl Hannah out of jail after she was arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. She uses her own biofuels to drive her car. Beautiful! But you’ve got these other Learjet, limousine liberals, the hypocrites and Hollywood phonies. Leonardo DiCaprio flying around on New Year’s from Australia to Vegas, and he’s lecturing people about the cars they’re driving. So hypocritical. Come on!

PLAYBOY: How should we be managing our natural resources?

HANNITY: Hey, listen. I wouldn’t mind having a car that runs on water. My attitude is that we should seek out new technologies and inventions that will advance the human condition. And at the same time, we should be drilling, we should be fracking, we should be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, we should be building refineries, which we haven’t built in 35 years, and nuclear facilities. France gets 75 percent of its power from nuclear plants. If the French can, we can. America is inhibited because of government regulation. You know all these people out of work? The minute you start drilling for natural gas and oil, every state can benefit, just as North Dakota does, which now has an unemployment rate of three percent. If we lessen our dependence on foreign oil, we’re less involved in the Middle East, where there’s such political instability, and the price of gas goes down to where the average American can pay less than $2 a gallon. That’s a tax cut for everybody.

PLAYBOY: Do you think you’d ever run for public office?

HANNITY: You know, whatever God has planned for me, I guess I’ll know what to do.

PLAYBOY: It sounds as though you think about it.

HANNITY: No. Not much. I would have to move out of state. Hell would freeze over before I would run in New York. I’m Florida-bound one of these days. That’s where I want to live.

PLAYBOY: Not Alaska? You had Sarah Palin on your show 55 times. Someone calculated that she cost Fox News $19,868 per appearance. Was she worth it?

HANNITY: Absolutely. She’s a great guest. I like her a lot personally. I think she has a lot to add to the national debate, and I’d have her on again.

PLAYBOY: What’s your take on Donald Trump continuing to dabble in conservative politics?

HANNITY: He’s a character; he’s fun. The ties I wear on the air come from the Donald Trump collection. Listen, he’s great for the political contest, and I love his outspokenness and enthusiasm. You never know. If he’s ever able to give up aspects of his business, and that includes giving up running his TV show, the Donald could be a player. In the meantime, I enjoy watching him.

PLAYBOY: Trump was one of the most vocal skeptics of Obama’s American citizenship. You’ve also said Obama grew up in Kenya. Do you regret saying that now?

HANNITY: But he did grow up in Kenya, and he told The New York Times that he went to a school there and one of the most beautiful things on the planet is Islamic prayer at sunset.

PLAYBOY: Are you fueling the myth that Obama’s a Muslim from Africa by saying that?

HANNITY: I never fueled the myth. How do you come up with this stuff? He did go to a Muslim school. He writes about it in his own book.

PLAYBOY: He did not grow up in Kenya.

HANNITY: He went to a Muslim school in Indonesia, or wherever it was, Kenya. I forget. Now you’ve got me. I think it was Indonesia. I’m trying to remember his biography. It’s going back so long. He admits he went to a Muslim school. It’s on his audiobook, if you want a tape of it—you can hear him say it himself.

I’m a Christian. All people are the children of God. I’m just telling you what Obama said in his own words. He didn’t go to a madrassa, which has negative connotations, but he did study the Koran and Islam and learn prayers that he could recite with a perfect accent, according to Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. As for the issue of his birth certificate, I thought that was one of the oddest things, a noncontroversy that the White House easily could have ended but didn’t. If you’ve got the birth certificate, just release it and move on. That’s what I said.

PLAYBOY: Let’s talk about the racial dimension of having successful black conservatives on your show attacking the president. What’s the fascination?

HANNITY: Who? I don’t know who you’re talking about.

PLAYBOY: Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West, J.C. Watts, Herman Cain——

HANNITY: You know, maybe you see life through the prism of race. I don’t. We’re Americans. I don’t look at life that way. You seem to want to make this a race issue that doesn’t exist in my life. All right, so I guess we’ve had on some African Americans who oppose Obama. They’re human beings. I mean, if you want to deal with the racial component of electing the first African American president, I think it was good for America. The beauty of our founders and framers, while nobody is perfect, is they put into place a system of governing where we can right the wrongs and correct injustices. Through their wisdom, that is what this country has shown it is able to do. Sometimes too slowly, but we usually get it right in the end.

PLAYBOY: Okay, let’s switch gears. Do you ever miss Alan Colmes?

HANNITY: I see him all the time. Things have worked out pretty well for both of us.

PLAYBOY: What ended Hannity & Colmes?

HANNITY: We were at the point where the format was problematic. Let’s say we had an eight-minute segment with one or two guests. Colmes and I would get in maybe one question each, and then you’re fighting to get your words in. We just felt that it had run its course, and he was happy to go to Fox News Radio.

PLAYBOY: How often do you see Rupert Murdoch?

HANNITY: I don’t. He has more important things to do than meet with little old Sean Hannity. But we’ve bumped into each other. I ran into him on the street once and said, “Hi, Mr. Murdoch.” And he said, “Ah.” So he knew immediately who I was, which was reassuring.

PLAYBOY: What do you think of his position on climate change, which he believes is occurring, and his statement that the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t needed? He’s also in favor of gun control, including a ban on assault weapons.

HANNITY: I might disagree with him on all that. But one of the great things about working at Fox is I’ve never been told what to say or what positions to take, nor has anybody that I know. There’s a real liberty and freedom here that I doubt exists elsewhere, from what I’ve heard from my friends in other media.

PLAYBOY: What did you think when you heard about News Corporation’s phone-hacking scandal that implicated key Murdoch staffers?

HANNITY: It’s a corporation that has anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 employees. As somebody who had employees once in my life, people who worked for me…you know you’re always going to have one or two bad employees. We have bad government officials all the time. It reflects on them, not on the company or the corporation.

PLAYBOY: You never trained as a journalist. Any regrets?

HANNITY: None. Absolutely not. Look, you can have people with multiple degrees who have gone to the finest journalism schools in the country. I’ll give them a microphone and teach them how to do it, and they wouldn’t be able to pull it off. You either have this innately or not, I think. You have a desire, first, to communicate, and for me, I just loved talk radio when I was a kid. I wanted to get behind a radio microphone, and when I eventually did, the minute the light went on, something changed. All the stuff started flying out of me, and people have hated me ever since.

PLAYBOY: Does it bother you that some people hate you?

HANNITY: Never. I don’t care, not even a little bit.

PLAYBOY: That’s good. What’s your secret?

HANNITY: I’ll tell you a story. There was somebody who works at Fox—I won’t mention this person’s name—and one of these websites started attacking this person. The first thing I said was, “Welcome to the big leagues.” If they’re not attacking you, you’re not doing your job effectively. I also said, “If you want to feel better, go google my name.”

PLAYBOY: How often do you google your name?

HANNITY: Never. And I don’t read blogs except to get information. I don’t read comments and stuff. Never read any of it. Don’t care. I accepted a long time ago that people aren’t going to like me for some of the things I say, and that’s okay. I don’t get invited to the White House Christmas party or the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but so what? I concluded a long time ago that most media people are biased. They don’t like conservatives. They’re never going to like conservatives. I don’t want to hang out with those people, whoever they are. I’m really happy hanging out with my close friends, my family and my kids.

PLAYBOY: Are you the same at home as you are on your shows?

HANNITY: It’s funny. My kids watch me do radio sometimes and go, “Dad, you’re screaming into the microphone!” And I’ll go, [speaks softly] “Hi, this is Sean. Welcome to the program.” And they understand why that wouldn’t work.

No, I’m essentially the same person. The thoughts are the same, the expressions are the same. Everything is from my heart, and I think deeply about any issue before I take a position on it. I spend a lot of time preparing every day. I try to be as knowledgeable on a subject as I can be. The volume might be a little higher on my show, but you have to keep things interesting.

PLAYBOY: How does your wife handle your outspokenness?

HANNITY: Everybody in her life told her not to marry me. Even the minister who married us pulled her aside and said, “Don’t marry this guy.”


HANNITY: We had a big fight when we went through our pre-marriage counseling, and I said, “That’s the problem with the liberal church.” And he didn’t appreciate it. So he ended the session. What’s funny is that he married a number of our friends at the time. This is 20 years ago. We’re the only ones still together.

PLAYBOY: What are the keys to a lasting marriage?

HANNITY: Don’t leave things to fester, or you become resentful of each other. Be honest about everything.

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  • theabby
    On April 4, 2011,Sean Hannity devoted an episode of his Fox News show to an hour-long special on what he claimed was the media's "liberal bias." However, several of the quotes he used as examples of this purported bias were deceptively cropped to leave out crucial context.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
  • StewartIII
    A couple of demo wins by Maddow don't mean squat. Hannity crushes Maddow, and FOX News destroys MSNBC. What planet does playboy live on?:TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lowshttp://www.hollywoodreporter.c...
  • SocraticGadfly
    I call hypocrisy alert. Hannity talks about "oversexed" kids in a .... Playboy interview???
  • Kurt
    Exactly what I expected: deflection, no proof, and insults. LBJ voted against anti-lynching legislation, gutted civil-rights reform in Congress, and denounced Republican-backed civil-rights action as “the n****r bill.” I don't need to read a 4-volume biography to know that. Way to go!
  • StewartIII
    To be fair to Hannity, I can't judge him based on a 3 second clip of him. Maybe he was talk about political reverse psychology, what do I know. The Obama administration does have a well-known history of intimidating insurance companies. But from what I've heard and seen MSNBC is the one with the well-known "shtick" of unfairly editing videos to make conservatives/republicans look bad. If FOX News is bad then MSNBC must be Satan himself. From Maddow to Roberts to Bashir to Mitchell to Scarborough. From top to bottom MSNBC has editing problems, they have an editing controversy once a month, if not more. You may believe what's posted on YouTube by strangers and people with radical agendas but I prefer sites that have credibility and accountability: Mediaite, NewsBusters, Johnny Dollar's Place, TV Newser, etc.. You can go on hating Hannity as much as you want, but for me life is too short to be wasting time watching programs/people I don't like or trust. You may be right about Hannity, but there's a solution for that: Don't watch him, and don't give him any of your time or attention. Simple. And by the way, I'm a libertarian, not a conservative:MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Gleefully Admits To Using Edited Video To Smear GOP Forced To Apologize After Misleading Edit Of Biden Benghazi Speech And Panel Go Off On MSNBC For Edited Heckling Video: NBC Is An ‘Extension Of The White House’ Sloppily Edits Lawmaker To Attack GOP’s ‘Systematic’ ‘Demonization’ Of The Poor
  • StewartIII
    When has Hannity ever lied about Obama, I would love to see your proof that he has? And this country was divided long before Hannity came along. If Hannity is helping divide this country, then so is Maddow and her last employer Air America (out of business) and current employer MSNBC. And Hannity is not a journalist, and neither is Maddow. Just because someone has a news show that doesn't make them a journalist. They're just conservative and liberal news analysis hosts/commentators:Pew: MSNBC Most Opinionated Cable News Channel makes fools of her viewers, part 2!
  • Mickey Warhol
    Mickey Warhol
    On a surreptitious plane one day, there was an apple. It interviewed Sean H in the guys of an obesely strung playboy bunny and then blew a hole in teh fusilage and then his butt wrench snaped off as well into the sea air
  • aquaviva
    It's so Interesting that the obsession with race, gender, sexual preference, and the politicization of everything in life is all from the Left - in this case the Playboy interviewer. Lefties really misunderstand conservatives and conservatism. It's far more Libertarian than they realize.
  • dude
    The "perception among many is that Fox News is out of it"? What "perception"? The reporter's? They lead in the ratings week after week, month after month.
  • Right is Wrong
    Right is Wrong
    I suggest you read Robert Caro's LBJ biography A Path To Power as it is obvious you know nothing about the man you're quoting. But then that is par for the course for miseducated fools that consider Hannity an intellectual. You know nothing Kurt Snow.
  • StewartIII
    MSNBC as a whole has a history of doing that, still to this day. So Hannity isn't the only one guilty of that, if he's guilty at all. And Hannity is a well-known conservative commentator, not a journalist, so his biases are already out in the open:MSNBC Sloppily Edits Lawmaker To Attack GOP’s ‘Systematic’ ‘Demonization’ Of The Poor
  • Waaaaaahhhhmbulance Driver
    Waaaaaahhhhmbulance Driver
    Actual facts back him up, something rarely found on Faux News. Typical dismissal of anything that would challenge your bubble world.
  • Me
    I have a response to the interview with Sean Hannity who is the center of the idiot spotlight, who thinks global warming is a hoax. When his house is underwater, maybe he'll start to wake up. Until then, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…
  • Marc Scheel
    Marc Scheel
    I was disappointed that the only letters Playboy printed regarding the interview of Sean Hannity were negative. I have taken the magazine for over 40 years and I support the content of the interview. Not all of the readers are liberals. As a conservative, I thought Sean stated his case and answered well, even if others disagree. As Neil Boortz calls him, Sean "Baby Jesus", is a great guy and speak for we conservatives. He also listens to the other side, sometimes too much for me, but that is fair. Kudos to Sean and continued success.
  • Spencer Jacobson
    Spencer Jacobson
    ha ha they do? It sounded like each was having a good time during the interview with each other. I guess you think everyone that disagrees with you is "hostile" that's kinda sad.
  • Reality is Hard
    Reality is Hard
    So that means Rihanna and Katy Perry are the greatest singers ever? I mean, they top the charts week after week, month after month.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    My favorite Hannity lie can be found on youtube under "moron sean hannity..." Obama was talking about the ethical lapses of insuance companies, saying, "Now, insurance company executives dont do this because theyre bad people, they do it because its profitable." Hannity then came on and.said Obama just called insurance company executives bad people. A simple youtube search turns up many clips of Hannity lying,without even including the standard Fox lies about Fast and Furious, the Benghazi "coverup", the IRS "enemies list", and.any other Fox lie.du jour. For all the genuinely knowledgeable people out there, can you imagine that our country could have ever gotten this polarized and divided without a propaganda news network feeding a steady stream of lies to everybody (everybody who considers himself a conservative watches Fox, and believes it) in one political party?
  • Ckmeagher
    Troubling to read SH spewing lots of misinformation... still, I get the appeal. He makes it sound so simple, doesn't he?
  • Ostrich Wrangler
    Ostrich Wrangler
    MSM? That means the most popular stuff right? So we shouldn't trust Hannity or Rush or Fox News? Apologies if these gotcha questions hurt the pea in your skull. You may return your head to the sandpit.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    Facts CAN be established. Its not like we have to give equal credence to every lie coming from the propaganda right. When Hannity tells a lie, we know it. A simple youtube search of "Sean Hannity lying" turns up lots of lies. The very premise that all the major news networks in the world are lying, taking orders from the White House, and that only Fox is telling the truth is laughable and downright insane. Fast and Furious, the Benghazi "coverup", and the IRS "hitlist" are all proven lies propagated by Fox "news".
  • cinesimon
    With old people. On cable.
  • theabby
    HANNITY: Everybody in her life told her not to marry me. Even the minister who married us pulled her aside and said, “Don’t marry this guy.”She should have listened to them!
  • StewartIII
    So let me get this straight. Your proof that Hannity is a liar is a video posted by an Obama supporter (strike 1), of FOX News-hater ex-MSNBC's Keith Olbermann (strike 2), showing an edited video of Hannity (strike 3)? Well, there you go. Sorry, but 3 strikes and you're out.
  • Guest
    It's a completely legitimate question to ask a die hard, extreme, right wing, nut job.
  • Konrad Hütter
    Konrad Hütter
    There are a lot of spunky groin politics in this guys pancreatic notch
  • theabby
    Never confuse high ratings with quality programming. Three's Company was on top of the charts for months, week after week, month after month.
  • averii
    "the obsession with race, gender, sexual preference, and the politicization of everything in life is all from the Left" says the party of Caucasian men.
  • Minky Lesaqar
    Minky Lesaqar
    This guys as recumbent as a philly cheese steak on red hash. He shot at it and never came back from the quail boomer
  • Kurt
    Sweet Youtube defense. What's really cool is that facts are facts, no matter what you believe. So saying that F&F and Benghazi do not exist does not make it so. Sorry.
  • Kurt
    How is that hypocritical?
  • Kurt
    So where is your challenge? Again, nothing but farts in the wind from you people.
  • Ibinaround2
    BASIC cable at that. They are on the cheapest tier, along with the other entertainment shows...
  • ChicagoPatriot
    Sean Hannity has black guests on not but because they are black, he has them on because they are conservatives.Injecting race in to it on the part of the interviewer is racism.
  • Kurt
    I don't think ironic means what you think it means.
  • Rita Smith Whitaker
    Rita Smith Whitaker
    It didn't surprise me when Hannity's answer to who he liked in Hollywood was, The passion Of Christ and a few other movies of Mel Gibson. That says it all.
  • ComradeAnon
    Did Hannity pay to get this published? How is this any different than the other a$$ wipe he puts out every day. NOTHING he said was factual in any way, shape, or form. Here is one of many articles on the compete BS contained in this article:
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
  • Jerry Pecks
    Jerry Pecks
    Nice job, Playboy! You showed Hannity for the off-balanced, divisive, nitwit that he is! Congrats on a job well done!
  • provasek
    Obama never lived in Kenya --- he lived in Indonesia for a few years when his mother was teaching English and microfinancing to poor village women as part of a Peace Corps project, and young Obama NEVER attended a Muslim school, but rather Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic School. The deliberate LIES that Fox News and talk radio spread to crank up anger among older, less educated whites does guarantee them a loyal audience but at the cost of creating a huge group of heavily armed people who sincerely believe in this fictional America of the White House illegally occupied by a foreign Muslium terrorist, with an intense hatred of white people, who is building concentration camps for white people...and Republicans in office openly talk about secession (a new Civil War) or that if Democrats keep winning elections, "patriots" may have to consider "2nd Amendment remedies" A very dangerous political strategy
  • Guest
    Hannity states, "Do I like to debate liberal guests on my show?"If by debate, he means shouting his unfounded, misinformed opinions over his guests when he doesn't agree with them, well then, yes he likes to "debate...."
  • Kurt
    Interesting how you just say that with nothing to back up your claim...wait, actually, it's not so interesting. Typical, yes.
  • Blubber Puss 88
    Blubber Puss 88
    All I can see is whale gullet slipper boys, for miles and miles!!!
  • theabby
    Hannity states, "Do I like to debate liberal guests on my show?"If by debate, he means shouting his unfounded, misinformed opinions over his guests when he doesn't agree with them, well then, yes he likes to "debate...."
  • Richard Horgan
    Richard Horgan
    Although many other Playboy trails lead to Pauly Shore, I was definitely not expecting him to turn up here as a "huge" Hannity fan. Great interview.
  • Kurt
    "I'll have those n*****s voting Democratic for 200 years." - LBJ, bastion of civil rights, Democrat
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    So sick and perverted, thinking that telling lies about our president is patriotic or ethical. You want to know why our country is so divided? Whackjobs like Sean Hannity are the biggest reason. Thanks to Playboy printing this interview, but can you please do an interview with a real journalist, someone with integrity, like Rachel Maddow?
  • theabby
    Hannity is a liar of epic proportions. Top ten Hannity lies: (drumroll)10.Hyped RNC’s Doctored Audio of Supreme Court Arguments. Hannity uncritically aired a Republican National Committee (RNC) ad that used audio from Supreme Court oral arguments to attack health care reform — but the audio used in the ad was dishonestly edited. [Media Matters, 3/30/12]9.Distorted CBO Data to Attack Obama. Hannity claimed that a January 2012 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report showed that if Obama were to win a second term, taxes would “go up 30 percent.” In fact, the report only stated that taxes would increase at such a rate if all the Bush tax cuts were allowed to expire. [Media Matters, 2/2/12]8. Falsely Claimed a White House Adviser “Advocated Compulsory Abortion.” Hannity claimed that White House science and technology adviser John Holdren “advocated compulsory abortion” and sterilization. PolitiFact had previously rated a similar claim — made months earlier by Fox News’ Glenn Beck — “pants on fire” false. [Media Matters, 9/9/09]7. Falsely Claimed Obama Called the Death of Four Americans “Just a Bump in the Road.” Hannity claimed that Obama referred to the death of four Americans in the September 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi as “just a bump in the road.” In fact, Obama was referring to the difficulties Arab countries were facing in transitioning from autocratic rule to democracy. [Media Matters, 9/25/12]6. Spread False Report That Egypt Was Considering Necrophilia Bill. Hannity hyped a thinly sourced report from an Egyptian newspaper to claim that the Egyptian government was considering a law that would allow a husband to have sex with his dead wife. The Christian Science Monitor called the story “utter hooey,” and multiple sources later debunked the claim. [Media Matters, 4/30/12; Huffington Post, 4/26/12]5. Hannity’s Special on “Liberal Bias” Featured Wildly Distorted and Out-of-Context Quotes. Hannity’s “Behind the Bias” special, in which he purported to investigate the “bias” of “the mainstream media,” featured multiple deceptively cropped quotes. For example, he played a clip purporting to show that Katie Couric called President Ronald Reagan “an airhead”; in fact, Couric was citing a conclusion from a biography of Reagan. [Media Matters, 4/24/11]4.Cast Doubt on Scientific Consensus About Climate Change. Even though the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and is likely caused or exacerbated by human activity, Hannity has repeatedly denied or cast doubt on the existence of climate change. [Media Matters, 12/4/09, 1/13/10, 8/27/10, 11/19/10, 6/24/11]3.Fueled Myth That Obama Is a Muslim. During a segment in March 2011 in which he fueled the smear that Obama was not born in the U.S., Hannity claimed that Obama “went to a Muslim school.” In March 2012, while claiming that he was “not doubting [Obama's] faith,” Hannity said, “[L]ook, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Quran, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.” [Media Matters, 3/24/11, 3/21/12]2. Fed the Birther Movement. Hannity repeatedly fed the long-standing smear that Obama was not born in the United States, even after Obama released his birth certificate and multiple fact-checkers debunked the smear. Hannity denied that Obama had shown his birth certificate and once falsely claimed that Obama “grew up in Kenya.” [Media Matters, 3/28/11, 4/20/12]1.Ignored Overwhelming Evidence to Repeatedly Claim Obama’s Policies Have Not Helped Improve the Economy. Hannity has repeatedly claimed that President Obama’s policies have not improved the economy. In fact, numerous economists and independent analysts have noted that many of Obama’s policy achievements, such as the stimulus, have benefited the economy: GDP is growing rather than contracting as it was at the end of 2008, and the economy has added millions of jobs. [Media Matters, 1/13/10, 7/14/11, 2/2/12]
  • Don't trust the MSM
    Don't trust the MSM
    The questions seem pretty hostile. Bet they wouldn't be to Chris Matthews...
  • Geppetto
    A man incapable of speaking without lying. Even Pinocchio would bow his head in shame at the level of duplicitous hypocrisy.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    Fox has the lock on conservatives. Everyone who considers himself conservative watches Fox. Liberals and middle grounders are spread out among all the other news networks. Of COURSE Fox has the highest ratings. They are also the most lying dishonest network in cable news.
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